Caldera Art

Welcome to the CA 2015 online Exhibition

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'Spotted Owl'     Rhonda Armistead    Lismore
Acrylic plate etching     50cm x 40cm   $290

"The southern boobook may face a number of localised threats in some areas but generally it is relatively common throughout Australia. For example, there has been some indication of secondary poisoning as a result of possum or dog pest-control programmes in locally restricted areas. It inhabits open forest and woodland, as well as farmland dotted with trees and nests in hollows. Both parents feed the young, and interestingly, sometimes a second female assists. Dead trees are as important as live ones, as they are the home for a wide range of mammals and birds. It may take hundreds of years for a tree to form such hollows".

'Mt Warning Site'     Chris Abrahams    Darra
Oil stick/natural pigment on canvas     183cm x 117cm   $500

"I have engaged with Mt Warning as site but overwhelmed by the limitlessness of the site and only capable of capturing an abridged or limited version of the site. The marks that I am making are made on a horizontal axis on canvas. My body comes into contact with the land by rubbing, pressing and painting the textures on the ground underneath. The result is like a gigantic print.  The canvas is like a thin membrane, like skin; it is what separates the land and my body. A form of mediation that nevertheless gives a degree of access to the real".

'Couchy Creek'     Brenda Bryant    Chillingham
Acrylic     60cm x 75cm   $850

"Couchy Creek Nature Reserve (217 hectares, approx 15 km north-west of Murwillumbah) is mostly wet sclerophyll forest dominated by brush box, flooded gum and tallowwood.  Lowland rainforest (listed as an Endangered Ecological Community) occurs along water courses and grows on soils derived from the original Tweed Shield Volcano. As Couchy Creek is not far from my home, I often walk there in the mornings when the light is especially beautiful.  After rain, the creek rises quickly and runs rapidly over the many crossings in the Reserve. This place is constantly changing and a pleasure to visit".

'Dichotomy'     Claire Beck    Lower Beechmont
Raku fired ceramic & natural plant fibre   8cm x 17cm x 16cm   $180

"This small bowl represents the beautiful contrast of land and sea in our region. The raku glaze is the colour of the sea while the weaving is comprised of banksia cone and palm inflorescence both of which grow in abundance in SE Queensland and Northern NSW.To me its like looking down a steep slope through the native trees and glimpsing a patch of deep blue green ocean. I feel peaceful just holding it and gazing into its depths".

'The Bottle Tree'     Claire Beck    Lower Beechmont
Ceramic & natural plant fibre   80cm x 60cm x 40cm   $600

"The old bottle tree has stood at the bottom of Bottletree Lane off the Beechmont Road since 1931. It was a local landmark till 2013 when it was attacked by borers and died. The Queensland Bottle Tree, Brachychiton rupestris,  although not native to this region, adapts readily to cultivation and is tolerant of a range of various soils and temperatures. My interpretation shows the decay of the tree from the branches down as they gradually disintegrate. It is a metaphor for some of the old growth trees found in the caldera  gradually surrendering to death and yet defiantly clinging to life".

'Creekbed'     Maggie Cross    East Ballina
Charcoal on paper     70cm x 50cm   $750

"This natural freshwater creek bed in the Murwillumbah region is an integral part of our environment. The steady flow of water flows down from the mountain bringing with it a life source for the flora and fauna on the plains below. The aged rocks from an early time are a strong contrast to the fresh downpour of recent rains".

'Hotspot'     Andrew Cullen    Tweed Heads
Oil on canvas     90cm x 110cm   $400

"Once a hotspot on the Earth’s surface it would be easy to see the caldera as the complete opposite today. No longer does it spit and rage, but rather, it shades, cools and nurtures. Nourishing deep waters run where once flowed destructive molten earth and plentiful rain soaks remnant volcanic soils into abundant life".

'Penny Retires to the Caldera'     Mark Davis    Ballina
Infrared photography     50cm x 70cm   $395

"Penny is a piano that grew up in the Ballina area. Rather than be a blight on the landfill landscape, Penny searched for a more peaceful and relaxing retirement home. Nestled in the hills of Alstonville overlooking the caldera lava flows that reached the ocean at Ballina, was a garden that although rich in minerals and soil, it lacked the tranquillity that only a piano can bring to a garden. Penny has sent a postcard to let all her friends know that life in the caldera is wonderful. Make sure you look after the Caldera so Penny has a long and restful retirement".

'Polaroids from the Caldera'     Mark Davis    Ballina
Infrared photography     50cm x 70cm   $395

"Polaroids from the Caldera features infrared snapshots as the wedge tail eagle soars over the region from Scenic Rim to the ocean. Polaroid snapshots of invisible light falling on natural and man-made landmarks in this environmentally sensitive region. The Polaroids reflect the diversity of the region from bush to the beach. The bush where the mountains reach for the sky and the beach where the lava flows and kisses the sea. The Polaroids provide a snapshot of the regions history and challenge the viewer to consider the future of the region".

'Thumbs-Up'     Jeff Gant    Pumpenbil
Oil on canvas     30cm x 60cm   $450

"From this aspect (far western part of the Tweed Valley) The Pinnacle stands out as an imposing lone monolith without the usual 'hump back' visible from other perspectives. The shape reminded me of a giant, rocky 'thumbs up' sign thus the title. Another view of this distinct and unusual landform is from a lookout in the Border Ranges National Park (accessible along the Tweed Range Drive). This impressive lookout provides a 180 degree view of the Tweed Valley all the way to the coast, the caldera escarpment and Wollumbin Mt Warning".

'Tweed River Morning'     Jeff Gant    Pumpenbil
Oil on canvas    30cm x 60cm   $350

"This was the view from Budd Park looking across to Nicholl Park on the banks of the Tweed River at  Murwillumbah South, very early one winters morning. This park features a boardwalk, built by the Tweed Shire Council and opened in 1993, leading to the river's edge and a replica of a wharf to commemorate the pioneers of Tweed River transport, George Skinner and Captain Frank Lowes. The park area is historically relevant being the site of the original ferry crossing (from the late 1870's to 1901). The Condong sugar mill in the distance, is in full production with steam billowing from the chimney".

'Bushland Madonna'     Jill Garsden    Goonellabah
Scratch art & coloured ink    35cm x 27cm   $1,200

"The population sizes and numbers of Koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) vary enormously within the caldera. Their existence remains under constant threat, not only from by predatory dogs and disease, but from constant loss of habitat.
Increasing urbanization, especially expansion of road networks, impacts the natural environment with resultant habitat loss. Even in remaining optimum koala habitat, climate change may wreak havoc with increasing extremes of temperature and drought stressing healthy populations. The sight of a healthy mother and joey as depicted here is a blessing indeed!".

'Gulp!'     Jill Garsden    Goonellabah
Scratch art & coloured ink    34cm x 27cm   $800

"The Australian Pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus) is common on waterways and shores throughout the caldera and Australia. This artwork typifies what often happens when pelicans argue over scraps discarded by fishermen.
The pelican’s bill is delicate and sensitive, with the lower jaw consisting of two thin and weakly articulated bones from which the pouch hangs, and a hook at the end of the upper mandible. Pelicans are not averse to using this remarkable instrument to assert their dominance over others who might steal what they believe to be rightfully theirs!".

'A Matter of Balance'     Kim Godfrey    Tweed Heads
Watercolour/acrylic/plastic/timber   48cm x 89cm  $1,200

"Poetry: The shoreline - it’s a fine line where us birds of a feather feed, fly and breed. Will come a chick in time, a clutch of three, my red eyes see you fox, run until you are none. The raven hears my cries and swoops to get his bounty.  The waters ebb and flow the cycles to and fro. Pied Oystercatchers are endangered birds nesting around our east coast shorelines. Along with global warming, some of the dangers to their breeding habitat come from introduced foxes, domestic animals, and predatory birds such as the raven".

'The Kookaburra'     Lyn Green     Tamborine
Pastel    63cm x 53cm    $1,200

"The Laughing Kookaburra is instantly recognisable in both plumage and its laughing chorus heard mostly in the early morning. It is one of the larger members of the kingfisher family and feeds mostly on insects, worms, small snakes, mammals, frogs and small birds. Kookaburras are believed to pair for life and they nest in a tree hollow or a (tree-dwelling) termite mound. Every bird in the family group share parenting duties. Conservation status is secure in most Australian states except for Northern Territory where it is not present. The Kookaburra is a frequent visitor to my garden much to the chagrin of the Willy Wagtail".

'Blue Moon'     Helen Griffin     North Tamborine
Oil on canvas    51cm x 61cm    $350

"Moonlight itself is its own medium. The play of moonlight over the Caldera’s undulating landscape in northern NSW gives cause for reverie and wonder. I have attempted to add a psychological undertone akin to the works of Maurice de Vlaminck and  Edvard Munch, which interrogates the traditional romantic allusions to the moon".

'Shore Traces'     Helen Griffin     North Tamborine
Oil on canvas    61cm x 61cm    $350

"Tide and wave action create an ever-changing palette of colour and texture – a palimpsest of complexity and tension. The coastline of the region – in fact anywhere - continues to fascinate me as a compelling subject, which although specific to the immediate regional location is also a representation of the same phenomena and visual experiences beckoning elsewhere".

'In the Caldera Garden'     Fiona Groom    Ninderry
Acrylic     70cm x 91cm     $850

"On the open forest floor, the butterflies spread their wings and dance in the mottled sunlight. However their world is threatened by a silent presence that is taking over and out competing their native food sources.. Weeds..The seeds of Introduced plants from gardens etc are carried by birds and animals and in turn are being deposited in various areas throughout the region. These silent seeds are preventing natural regeneration in the Lamington National Park and its outlying neighbours, causing changes in butterfly feeding and egg laying habits. This painting is a reminder of what could be lost if management measures are not successful".

'Burringbar Range Deviation'     Sue Harnett    Burringbar
Pastel     70cm x 50cm     NFS

"The change from horse and cart transport to motor vehicle ownership pressured government to improve the notorious Burringbar Range Coach Road.  A safer, faster deviation was completed in 1936. This painting is an interpretation of an old black & white photo showing the road re-alignment through the forested steep range.  I used the present day existing vegetation to depict the colours of the eucalypts, clay banks and surrounding cleared land to create an image of what the Burringbar Range and its surrounding vegetation may have looked like in 1936".

'Mooball Flame'     Sue Harnett    Burringbar
Pastel     50cm x 70cm     NFS

"An old, dilapidated cottage in Mooball once stood unadorned of paint or decoration. That is until the massive native flame tree Brachychiton Acerifolius in the front yard annually burst into a blaze of colour. An old lady (a local character), lived in this cottage.  The flame tree put on its most floriferous display shortly after her passing. This inspired me to capture the beauty of this magnificent tree against the backdrop of “sooks” place.  The cottage is gone now, but the flame tree lives on to inspire passers-by to stop and take in the glowing spectacle of the vibrant, bell-shaped, coral red flowers".

'Rainbow Lorikeets'     Rebecca Hardy    Ormeau
Acrylic on canvas     24cm x 30cm     $450

"The Rainbow Lorikeet could be one of this region’s most loved birds for its bright colours and quirky personality.  Yet in other areas of Australia they have been introduced and have become a pest species. In Tasmania they present a risk to the endangered Swift Parrot and in Perth they take over the territory of nesting native bird species. I chose to paint the Lorikeets since they are such colourful birds but also to raise awareness of the impact of introduced bird species such as the Indian Myna. Presently we have an abundance of Rainbow Lorikeets but one day they could easily end up like the endangered Swift parrot".

'Augury'     Jeff Harrison    Byron Bay
Oil & acrylic on canvas     61cm x 46cm    $350

"The Pied Butcher Bird is a special character in the Northern Rivers. Well known for its song but also for expressing an indomitable spirit with its assured movements and steady gaze – it has attitude. But, despite the Pied Butcher Birds’ self-reliance it cannot defend itself when we are destroying its habitat. I’ve painted the Butcher Bird’s accusatory glare: who is responsible for this damage and what are you going to do about it? Augury is the ancient 'science' of interpreting omens from the observation of birds and their behaviour".

'Feathertail Glider'     Jo Heighes     Murwillumbah
Pastel     40cm x 50cm     NFS

"My only contact with the remarkable Feather-tail Glider was when an injured one  'flagged me down' while I was driving through the Tallebudgera Hills one night. My eyes were drawn to the unusual movement of the tail in my headlights, causing me to stop. This smallest of all the Australian glider species weighs only 10-15 grams and has a tiny mouse sized body along with an unusually textured, long tail. Its diet consists of nectar, insects, seeds and pollen. The shy Feather-tail Glider must overcome many threats including predation by cats, dogs and foxes,  habitat fragmentation, climate extremes and bush fires to survive" .

'Bracket Fungi'     Lyn Hives     Numinbah Valley
Soft pastel     40cm x 50cm     NFS

"The health of entire rainforest ecosystems are totally dependent upon an army of small organisms consuming organic matter found on the ground. Fungi, lichen, invertebrates (including insects) and others are vital contributors, breaking down anything from fallen giant tree trunks to tiny spent leaves. This bracket fungi thrives in a moist rainforest environment, living on fallen tree trunks and hence releasing its nutrients. Emerging tree seedlings grow in the resultant soil, continuing the cycle of life in Australia's Green Cauldron".

'Eyes Wide Open'     Christina Houen    Murwillumbah
Soft pastel     37cm x 47.5cm     $700

"I was captivated by the eyes of this beautiful little animal, the Grey-Headed flying fox. They speak to me of the oneness of native animals with the world they inhabit. It is one of a threatened species, regarded as a pest by town dwellers and fruit farmers because of their noise and smell, and liking for cultivated fruit. Their primary diet is rainforest fruits and eucalyptus and other native flowers, like the grevillea this fellow is resting on. They are vital for the fertility and maintenance of our native fruit-bearing trees".

'Sunrise Sentinel'     Christina Houen    Murwillumbah
Soft pastel     37cm x 48cm     NFS

"In this sub-tropical sunrise not far north of the NSW-Qld border, my heart is fired by this massive Moreton Bay fig tree reflecting the fire and silver of sky and ocean, and witnessing the changes of day and night and the seasons over a long lifetime. Moreton Bay figs provide shelter and architectural character, with their smooth grey trunks and thick buttress roots. They seem ageless, and give shelter and food to many native birds and insects, all along the eastern coast from Narooma to Brisbane and beyond".

'Transition'     Kirsten Ingemar    Brunswick Heads
Plant died silk    102cm x 76cm     $650

"I love the process of imprinting with natural materials onto silk. The whole process allows for connection with the place I live - from collecting windfall from trees on my daily walks around Brunswick Heads to rolling the bits in amongst the fabrics. Even the discarded and most insignificant little stick can shine given the right opportunity".

'Honouring the Rainforest'     Inara Kent    
Etching on stonehenge paper     40cm x 50cm     $350

"I have lived in the midst and close to the rainforest in this caldera  for nearly 30 years, and I have produced this artwork to pay homage and honour the amazing experience that one can have by being immersed in Nature. Particularly special is the space of the rainforest when experienced under the magic of a full moon. I feel it is our obligation to preserve and protect this beautiful and wonderful environment that we are lucky enough to find ourselves living in".

'Australian White Ibis'     Vicky Kent    Lilian Rock
Pastel     50cm x 40cm     $450

"The Australian White Ibis Threskiornis Molucca is often called ”the tip turkey” due to its adaptable food scavenging abilities. In its natural environment, it enjoys a variety of food, including terrestrial and aquatic insects and small vertebrae while anything vaguely nourishing is consumed in human urban environments. This “scruffy” Ibis was strutting the local foreshore of the Richmond River estuary searching for crabs and mussels. My objective with this painting was to depict the Ibis has a success story in a rapidly changing world.".

'Great Egret'     Vicky Kent    Lilian Rock
Pastel     80cm x 60cm     $650

"The Great Egret Ardea modesta alba inhabits local wetlands,  streams, ponds and shallow waterways stalking prey which include fish, amphibians, insects, reptiles and small mammals. Once under threat, large numbers were hunted for their spectacular plumage to decorate hats in the late 19th century. Today their numbers have recovered since the Great Egret has been successful in adapting well to urban development where they may been seen in artificial wetlands and paddocks. In my painting, I contrasted the birds magnificent white feathers against the dark murky background of the swamp and depicted the bird's concentration while stalking its prey".

'Golden Curtain Crust'     Brian Kerwick    Robina
Pastel     72cm x 52cm     NFS

"Golden Curtain Crust Stereum ostrea is a plant pathogen and a wood decay fungus. Its name comes from the word 'oyster' which describes its shape and is widespread through wet forests of eastern Australia. This example was found at Binna Burra in the Gold Coast Hinterland where, like in all forests, it is a vital part of the nutrient cycle.The creative process with this painting involved an appreciation of the colour, shading and complexity of this interesting subject. Pastels were the chosen medium to highlight the fungi against the dark mysterious background".

'Startled Egret'     Brian Kerwick    Robina
Oil on canvas     46cm x 61cm     $600

"Great Egrets inhabit both salt water and freshwater wetlands living mostly on fish but also molluscs, crustaceans, frogs and insects. They are common across Australia and are fortunately not threatened or endangered.I followed this bird while photographing wildlife and was struck by its beauty with the sunlight through its feathers when it took to flight. The creative process adopted for this oil painting looks to exaggerate the shadows of the bird against its white feathers and the long grass background".

'Mount Warning Reflection'     Ken Lankard    Tweed Heads
Colour photographic print     31cm x 59cm     $590

"Since Mt. Warning is the dominant natural feature of the Caldera I chose it as my subject for CA2015. But I didn’t want a simple straightforward presentation so I elected to photograph the mountain from the less seen western-facing side at sunset.
 Furthermore, I captured the mountain’s glorious colours as a reflection as seen in a pond deep in the valley where the sun’s rays were long gone. The beautiful trees and native grasses are highlighted with splashes of colour that delicately bounce off the northwest side of our magnificent Mt. Warning".

'Kate's Fish'     Andrew Lansley    Robina
Acrylic     110cm x 70cm     $1,000

"My art represents my passion for the ocean and everything in it.  Moving to the Northern Rivers from Sydney  four years ago allowed me to continue my love affair with the ocean and draw on the raw energy of the coastal environment and waterways where my family lives, works and plays. I choose vibrant colours and use texture to showcase the beauty of the marine life in the area.  A percentage of all paintings sold is donated to NFP organisations striving to protect this natural wonder".

'Solo Fish'     Andrew Lansley    Robina
Acrylic     64cm x 74cm     $500

"My art represents my passion for the ocean and everything in it.  Moving to the Northern Rivers from Sydney  four years ago allowed me to continue my love affair with the ocean and draw on the raw energy of the coastal environment and waterways where my family lives, works and plays. I choose vibrant colours and use texture to showcase the beauty of the marine life in the area.  A percentage of all paintings sold is donated to NFP organisations striving to protect this natural wonder".

'Coolamon & Lorikeet'     Kathryn Latter    Tyalgum
Soft pastel     50cm x 72cm     NFS

"The Coolamon is a beautiful evergreen shade tree displaying clusters of watermelon pink eucalypt-like flowers along branches and the tree trunks. This unusual feature is called ‘cauliflory’, an adaptation in some tropical and sub-tropical rainforest tree species. It is the Tweed Shire’s floral emblem with a superb specimen found outside the Caldera Art Gallery. A frequent visitor to the Coolamon, when in flower, is the nectar loving Rainbow Lorikeet. Together they make a magnificent display of colour".

'Shelter and Shade'     Kathryn Latter    Tyalgum
Soft pastel     40cm x 50cm     $440

"Elkhorns and Staghorns are essentially ferns which grow in moist humid rainforests throughout Australia and are a familiar sight in the Caldera region. The Elk  multiplies forming a series of eyes, whereas the Stag remains one large plant. They are epiphytic which means they grow high up in the rainforest canopy anchored to tree trunks and branches. They have a minimal root system but are well adapted to catch leaf debris and rainwater from above as well as drawing moisture and nutrients from the surrounding air.  They are truly unique and an inspiration to artists in particular".

'Undergrowth'     Suzi Lechner     Wilsons Creek
Plant died paper collage     44cm x 70cm   $450

"Inspired by the richness, colour and the charismatic insects within the ground-story ecosystem of a rainforest floor, emphasising the organic layers that form soil – the foundation of all of natures life forms.  Representing the cycles of life, decay and new creation. Undergrowth is a collage of natural plant dyed papers portraying three local insect species -  Pink underwing Moth, Longicorn Beetle and Hawk moth within a rainforest floor setting".

'A Fragile Connection'     Heidi Ledwell     Fingal Head
Acrylic on board     50cm x 70cm     $750

"The Cormorant inhabits our coastline and river systems. Whilst feeding and breeding they have to deal with the impact humans have on the environment. Ingesting plastics, and something I witnessed recently, being hooked up in fishing line, dying a slow and agonising death. The stitching in this picture represents our tentative ties with the natural environment".

'The Past is Present'     Heidi Ledwell     Fingal Head
Acrylic on board     80cm x 120cm     $1,200

"During the  breeding season, the Great Egret develops a soft ornamental plumage, once making them the target of plume hunters supplying hat makers. This led to breeding birds being killed and the species being pushed to the brink of extinction. In recent times their numbers have increased but they still face many threats including habitat destruction and polluted waterways. The stitching in this painting represents our tentative ties with the natural environment".

'The Vanishing: Coxen's Fig-Parrot'     Anne Leon    Mullumbimby
Plant-dyed paper with fig leaves, watercolour and ink    60cm x 79cm     $900

"I was inspired to attempt to capture the essence of this little parrot, when I discovered it was a critically endangered species and is regarded as one of the rarest birds in Australia, and never photographed. The clearing of their habitat (subtropical rainforest and coastal lowlands in SE QLD & NE NSW) continues to threaten their existence, as does the invasion of exotic vines and scramblers. Because they feed mostly high in the rainforest canopy, they are very difficult to observe. It is estimated that the population of Coxen’s  Fig-Parrot is less than 100 mature individuals".

'South East to Cook'     Rita Masarin    Tugun
Oil on archival paper     36cm x 56cm     $250

"A large storm cell rolls over from Fingal Beach to Cook Island. Similarly, lava from Mount Warning flowed over the area millions of years ago but left a lasting legacy of a five kilometre long series of reefs extending out from the coast (Danger Reefs), as well as an island 650 metres from the shore (Cook Island). The waters around this island, along with Julian Rocks and the Solitary Islands further south, form a marine reserve which protects an abundance of reef and pelagic marine species. It is imperative that we support future  scientific research and  conservation of our oceanic and reef biodiversity, especially threatened species".

'Mount Warning'     Caz McDougall    Kingscliff
Oil on Canvas     45cm x 80cm     $330

"I chose this mountain to paint as it is such an important icon in the Caldera. I have used a design approach with emphasis on the lines forming the contour of the mountain. In choosing to paint it in rich vibrant colours, I am honouring this mountain, even against water and sky, it stands like a bright wonderful jewel in its own right".

'Mt Warning in Winter Sunshine'     Barney Miller     Murwillumbah
Oil on canvas   40.3cm x 60.7cm    $1,250   

"On this chilly mid-winter morning, Mount Warning, soaks up the solar warmth, like some vast creature sunning itself in the entrance to its lair. A puff of cloud, formed from the warm air rising off its rock-face, drifts away to join others, whose shadows form a moving patchwork of light and dark across the landscape".

'My View'     Mary Minards     Murwillumbah
Mixed media   60cm x 60cm    NFS

"I have painted my view in multiple layers to articulate the many moods and layers of Wollumbin Mt Warning and the Tweed River. To inform of the processes of its formation I have used a splattering of gold leaf to represent its enormous natural value and cultural significance in the past and present".

'Belongil Creek'     Rick Molloy     Federal
Oil on paper   30cm x 42cm    $1,200

"Belongil Creek is dying. Decades of mineral sand mining, development and changed currents has caused the creek to shift its alignment and often to silt up where it meets the ocean. River banks are being eroded at an alarming rate and coastal woodlands are tumbling into the changing creek waters.
Sadly, unless drastic action is taken, Belongil Creek will, in a handful of years, cease to wind its historic and pristine way to the ocean".

'Powerful Owl'     Greg Mulheran     Bilambil Heights
Watercolour & pencil    97.5cm x 80cm     $1,200

"The Powerful Owl is a hawk owl, native to Eastern Australia and the largest owl in Australia. They have large, strong claws that are capable of catching ringtail or brush tail possums or cats. They live permanently in breeding pairs, and roost in family groups of up to four. They are nocturnal predators and sit quietly by day keeping watch with their large yellow eyes.The figure in the painting is life size, measuring between 45cm and 65cm long, with wings spanning 1.2 metres. He is pictured amongst the foliage of the  Melogyne Stenopetala (Annonaceae ) which is endemic to the Caldera region of northern New South Wales".

'The Regent Bower Bird'     Greg Mulheran     Bilambil Heights
Linocut with watercolour & ink   37cm x 30cm   $500

"The black and gold coloured male Regent Bowerbird is 25cm long and is a spectacularly beautiful bird, strikingly different to the brown female. They inhabit the moister forests of Eastern Australia, and live on a diet of fruit, berries and insects.The male builds an avenue bower to attract a mate, using two rows of twigs planted into the ground and decorated with blue ornaments. They use wads of leaves to paint on a bluish saliva mix, making them one of the few birds who use tools to construct their bowers".

'Arcana'     Kate Murdoch     Brighton
Oil on canvas    96cm x 96cm     $2,000

"Utilising a process of distillation through photographs and pencil studies, Kate looks for the essence in her subjects. From the purity of natural forms to more mundane images of suburban confinement, she allows her abstractions to find an emotion beyond visual representation. Her works based on tropical foliage explore the spiritual balance found in nature. 'Arcana' was based on numerous images assembled in a study and allowed to form in a gradual and instinctive process".

'Masters of their World'    Greg Newland     Murwillumbah
Watercolour pencil on paper    95cm x 75cm     NFS

"We have always been terrified of sharks, of deep water, and of the unknown. We’re not just afraid of predators; we're transfixed by them, prone to weaving stories and fables about them, because fascination created preparedness, and preparedness survival. In a deeply tribal sense, we love our monsters. Three of the sharks illustrated have a documented record of killing people. However these animals are highly evolved, as perfectly in tune with their environment as any living thing on the planet. More people are coming to respect and appreciate sharks for what they are: beautiful, graceful and efficient and, above all, an integral part of the marine ecosystem".

'Misty Meanderings'    Roslyn Oakes    Murwillumbah
acrylic on canvas    60cm x 55cm     $1,200

"This painting depicts part of the trail on the way to the Best Of All lookout, one of the many walking trails within the Springbrook National Park. Located on the northern rim of the Tweed caldera, Springbrook is known for spectacular waterfalls, lush rainforest, ancient Antarctic Beech trees, impressive views and significant biodiversity.The park covers 6725ha and has four main sections which include Springbrook Plateau, Mount Cougal to the south east and Natural Bridge/Numinbah to the west and is well worth a visit".

'Watching Me Watching You'   Roslyn Oakes   Murwillumbah
Oil on canvas   60cm x 50cm     $900

"The Tawny Frogmouth, often confused with owls, is more closely related to the nightjars which are also ground feeding masters of camouflage. During the day they generally perch unobtrusively in a tree, their plumage and posture resembling a dead branch.The Tawny Frogmouth is found throughout Australia (including Tasmania) and is often seen around the Tweed and surrounding areas on dusk while out hunting. Unfortunately these birds are often hit by cars while chasing insects illuminated by headlights and attracted by streetlights".

'Lennox Head'     Steve O'Keefe     Burleigh Heads
Gouache, watercolour, pencil   34cm x 24cm     $330

"The coastal zones of the Caldera mark a shared habitat between man and nature and when walking along any beach zone you can see the evidence of nature still hanging in, sometimes very precariously, this artwork started with a morning walk on Lennox Head".

'Two Blue Eggs'     Steve O'Keefe     Burleigh Heads
Gouache, watercolour, acrylic, pencil   34cm x 24cm     $330

"The buzz, the rustle, the flash of a wing, the miniature and detail of forest life and the colour and texture of the forest floor detritus draws me into the Caldera environment as much as the open vistas seen from above or below Mount Warning".

'Dingo Demise'     Angela Parr     East Ballina
Graphite     20cm x 28cm     $550

"Wild dogs in SE QLD and NE NSW are at high density according to NSW Government Statistics. "Wild Dogs" includes dingoes, domestic dogs-run-wild and hybrids of the two. They create havoc in numerous ways, hunting successfully alone or in packs. As top-order predators they are a significant threat to native and feral animals as well as livestock. They may also threaten domestic animals and humans, and spread disease. Eradication programs (baiting, trapping and shooting) are important measures in ensuring the long term future and resilience of wildlife populations. However dogs which are removed from an area, are gradually replaced. It remains an ongoing problem".

'Do You Want to Dance'     Deborah Pearse     Byron Bay
Photography     38cm x 56cm     $495

"It has been my privilege and blessing to watch and photograph this pair of Black-necked Stork on and off for about 8 years. Endangered in NSW, this pair come and go depending on the water levels in the wetland ponds and the abundance of eels they love eating. At sunset when it’s quiet in the wetlands and no one is around, they love to dance with each other, flap their great wings and allow me so close that I can hear their great bills clacking".

'You Know You Love Me'     Deborah Pearse     Byron Bay
Photography     36cm x 54cm     $480

"Early one m orning on the Brunswick River, I was in a 'tinny' watching a pair of White-bellied Sea-eagles  displaying and calling to each other. It was undoubtedly one of the most beautiful things I had ever seen and heard. With melodic honking, much fluffing of feathers, bowing, swooping, chasing and playing coy with each other, these birds were a marvellous sight. Sea-eagles are monogamous and form long lasting permanent pairs. They need particular habitat in which to breed, feed and raise their young. We are very fortunate in this region to have a number of pairs and their young".

'Strangler Fig and Red Cedar'     Cameron Pitcher     Smiths Creek
Photographic print    42cm x 29cm   $320

"The strangler fig’s tiny seeds germinate in the forest canopy sending latticework roots downward, enveloping the host's trunk and shoots upward, overshadowing foliage. Usually, the "strangled" host dies leaving a hollowed trunk that in turn provides a rich habitat for many rainforest creatures and a year-round food source through its fruit. When I happened across this strangler fig it gave me pause as the host was a rare, Red Cedar –  all but wiped out in the caldera through excessive logging. The creeping inevitability of this Red Cedar's fate in the engulfing grasp of the fig seemed to carry echoes of our own parasitic relationship with this species".

'Unexpected Forest Walk'     Cameron Pitcher     Smiths Creek
Photographic print   55cm x 140cm   $400

"Hidden unexpectedly near Tweed Heads and the Tweed River mouth is Ukerebagh Nature Reserve, one of few remaining pockets of native, coastal lowland vegetation. It features highly diverse habitat, providing increasingly important refuge for estuarine fauna, partiularly birds. One can literally step from the noisy urban streets onto a path leading into the freshness of open eucalypt forest, around patches of littoral rainforest, through swamp forests of she-oak and paperbark and emerge into the mangrove and saltmarshes of the Tweed estuary. The Reserve and an adjacent historic site, including the Minjungbal Cultural Centre, are of special cultural significance to the local Goori people and general community".

'Estuarine'     Jennifer Porter     Uki
Oil on canvas    30cm x 40cm     $750

"My painting Estuarine (painted at Suffolk Park) is symbolic of the many small inlets of creeks and rivers which empty onto sandy beaches and into swamps and lakes along the caldera's coastline. While researching coastal estuaries, I have realized that the scenic natural beauty and rich bio-diversity of the estuarine environment in itself is a contributing factor to its demise. People have been attracted to inhabit these place along our coastline which have subsequently been vastly disrupted. I paint them because of their extreme fragility".

'Grey Headed Flying Fox'     Susan Powell     Murwillumbah
Pastel     53cm x 60cm     NFS

"The Grey Headed Flying Fox (Pteropus poliocephalus) is one of largest species of the pteropus group. Endemic to Australia, their current population has declined by 30% since 1989. They are considered vulnerable because of the loss of foraging and roosting habitat due to land clearing and human incursion. One of the largest groups live within the caldera at Bray Park and are a magnificent sight when they leave their roosting site each summer evening. Without these wonderful animals many of our forests would not be able to regenerate as they disperse seeds during their foraging".

'Starfish Fungi'     Susan Powell     Murwillumbah
Pastel     53cm x 60cm     NFS

"Attending the Chillingham markets one stormy summer day, I stumbled across this nest of Starfish fungi Aseroe rubra  growing amongst the pine chips.  The vivid red of the stem contrasts with the black slime of the spore mass making it very visible amongst the litter.  These spores emit a foetid smell that attract flies who in turn act as distributing agents.  This species requires high humidity and high organic matter content but are widely distributed in sub-tropical areas such as the Tweed. They are vital organisms in the soil nutrient cycle".

'New Beginnings'     John Pumpurs     Eungella
Photography    30cm x 40cm    $150

"Despite the delicate appearance of Dragonflies (Odonata), they are all predatory, as also are the larvae. When ready to emerge, the larva climbs out of the water and the
dragonfly bursts out through the back of the larval thorax. The shell is left  behind (as seen in this photo). This magical transformation usually takes several hours and occurs at night hence often goes unnoticed. There are many species of Dragonflies and the closely-related Damselflies in the Caldera".

'Powerful Spiny Crayfish'     John Pumpurs     Eungella
Photography    30cm x 40cm    $150

"This is a juvenile Powerful Spiny Crayfish Euastacus valentulus. Brightly coloured, red and blue, when young, they change colour to a brown as they age , so as to be better camouflaged. They develop strong spikes down their tails and can grow to 35cm as adults. The Powerful Spiny Crayfish has a very limited distribution, found between Currumbin, QLD and the Clarence River in NSW, between sea level and 600 metres. Interestingly, there are about 11 species of crayfish in the caldera area".

'Richmond Birdwing Butterfly'     Joanne Quelch     Loganholme
Textile/Mixed Media    65cm x 50cm    NFS

"The Richmond Birdwing butterfly Ornithoptera Richmondia and its food source the Richmond Birdwing Vine pararistolchia praevenosa have both declined in the area.  In part due to clearing of land, in part due to the invasion of the Dutchman's pipe vine which is toxic to young butterflies. Having grown up in the Clarence with family ties to the Richmond and currently residing in SE Qld, I am saddened that my children are no longer able to freely see these beautiful specimens. The main butterflies are shown in their vibrant state , with smaller sheer butterflies at the bottom representing gradual disappearance, highlighting the diminishing species".

'Ant Funny'     Jules Rampling Sattler     Bilambil Heights
Charcoal     42cm x 60cm    $430

"Small insects are great to draw as it I now really appreciate the amazing detail and complexity that make up the head, legs and exo-skeleton. Normally not seen or noticed by the human eye, macro photography has really opened up new perspectives for me as an artist. Next time you find an insect, have a closer look at its appearance, you will be amazed".

'Once Upon a Time ....'     Christine Read     Lennox Head
Mixed media on board     65cm x 95cm    $880

"Once upon a time, Newrybar swamp may have appeared like this. Ducks, grasses, paperbark trees and eucalypts grew undisturbed by the impacts of humans in the form of urbanisation  and agriculture. Now it is largely occupied by sugarcane farms.Parts of the swamp still remain and so do the ducks - but for how long? Suburban sprawl threatens to engulf more and more of the  precious wetlands so vital to a healthy coastal environment".

'Grey Goshawks'     Andy Reimanis     Murwillumbah
Oil on masonite    90cm x 150cm    $3,500

"One of nineteen diurnal birds of prey species recorded in this region, the Grey Goshawk prefers to live in heavily timbered country, including rainforest. 
The relatively short wings allow greater manoeuvrability whilst hunting prey beneath the canopy. They pair for life and maintain home territories which are often surveyed in the early morning. Fortunately, Australia's Green Cauldron is home to quite a number of breeding pairs. This location is west of Bar Mountain, Border Ranges National Park, part of the Gondwana Rainforest Reserves of Australia…with artistic licence and geographical interpretation. Conservation actions include maintaining corridors of dense forest, especially on land in private ownership".

'Leaf Be Me'     Andy Reimanis     Murwillumbah
Pastel     80cm x 40cm    $590

"Superbly camouflaged among dead leaves on the rainforest floor, a barred frog awaits nightfall. There are three species of ‘barred frogs’ (genus Mixophyes) found in moist, forested locations in Australia's Green Cauldron. The Great Barred Frog, Fleay's Barred Frog and the Giant Barred Frog.  Eye colour is best used to distinguish them apart. All are relatively large and the tadpoles are the longest in any Australian frog (12.5 cm). Due to their size and terrestrial habits, barred frogs are often mistaken for Cane Toads. Conservation actions: Maintain vegetation and deep leaf-litter around streams, minimise run-off of agricultural chemicals in catchments and correctly identify the species when seen".

'Trees are Missing'     Lesley Ryan     Lennox Head
Charcoal,graphite,watercolour  68cm x 48cm   $400

"For the last three years I've had the pleasure of watching seven magnificent hoop pines growing tall, just across the road from my property. These trees were a bird skyscraper, every level seemed to attract a different species of bird. Eagles perched on the top, crows, butcherbirds and a lot of different types of wrens made them their home or just visited.Then one day I came home and the trees were gone, just stumps left. The birds were squawking, looking for their nests and their pantries. This picture is of one of the homeless butcher birds that sat on my fence - the birds no longer visit".

'Plumed Whistling Ducks'     Teresa Sanchez     Nunderi
Soft pastel     50cm x 70cm   NFS

"This pair of Plumed Whistling Ducks  birds visited my property last January, and after reaching for the bird book to identify them, my next impulse was to celebrate their poise and beauty with pastels. Although not seen as often as the Australian Wood Duck or Pacific Black Duck, these shy but striking birds are frequent visitors to the Tweed Valley and caldera region, particularly during the wetter months. They tend to rest in flocks near water during the day and graze on grass at night. At dusk they may be heard wheeling overhead, whistling to each other as they fly to their night pastures".

'Feathers And Leaves'    Denise Scott    Burleigh Waters
Watercolour     40cm x 30cm     $400

"To protect our endangered birdlife, it is firstly necessary to protect our trees. Without trees to nest in, feed from and shelter in, even our non-endangered species will suffer in the future. Conservation and re-planting of native shrubs and trees is essential to ensure the future for our unique birds".

'Bubbly Mary and Jock (Wompoo Fruit Doves)'    Jan Sinclair    North Tumbulgum
Mixed Media     66cm x 90cm     NFS

"Thirty years ago the Elaeocarpus obovartis (Hard Quondong) was a tiny shrub dwarfed by weeds when we built our house and started to regenerate the rainforest around it. Now a pair of brilliantly-hued fruit doves regularly visit it and the neighbouring bangalow palms. The Wompoos are rare due to extensive clearing of their habitat and shooting (a common practice in the past). They never fly down to the ground, but weave their way through the canopy to locate fruit. Their call, a bubbly 'wampoo - wampooo' echoes through the canopy, claiming this regenerated rainforest as theirs...and that is our reward".

'Blue Quandong'     Diane Smith    Kingscliff
Watercolour    30cm x 40cm    $120

"The Blue Quandong or Blue Fig Tree is one of the fastest growing trees in the rainforest. The silver trunk is distinct and the timber highly valued. It’s blue coloured fruit attracts fruit pigeons and fig birds and the tree is a host plant for the Fiery Jewel and Eastern Flat butterflies. Leaves are light green and turn scarlet before falling. The fruit is edible but sour to taste in raw form.Aboriginal people used the fruit stones to make necklaces".

'Feulle (idea for a water feature)'     Jan Snowdon     Tyalgum
Pottery (clay)     45cm x 28cm x 20cm    $400

"The Caldera has a metamorphosis contained by natural forces of nature, creatures and decisions made by people who inhabit the landscape. We are dependent on water being unpolluted and native vegetation being maintained. Clay is an organic material which I have used to express some of these ideas".

'Morning after the Storm'     Angela Spiegel     Ormeau
Acrylic on canvas   195cm x 40cm   $150

'The rosella at the bottom of the artwork is waiting for its mate to return. The morning looks nothing like the night before when a storm devastated their habitat. All that remains is the stump that one of the rosellas is perched on. This artwork is a reflection of how both natural and man-made disasters can impact the habitat and lives of birds and other animals as well as humans'.

'Belonging'     John Stewart   Clunes
Ceramic with glass test tubes & anodised aluminium sleeve
20cm x 25cm x 8cm   $500

'Frequently Australian native fauna adopt man made structures as their ‘own’ assuming them as a part of their habitat. In this case a flock of Sacred Ibis have rendered a disused railway viaduct – an indelible feature in my local landscape and a reminder of settlement and shifting technologies – as a home base on which to commune. The very picture of belonging'.

'Osprey Nesting'     Edith Streiner   Murwillumbah
Photo polymer 2 plate etching and aquatint on zinc 50cm x 60cm     $380

'I have spent many years living on the water, sailing the east coast of Australia and being in close proximity to nature. I was able to observe the beauty of our diverse wildlife in its finest detail. Through my artwork I have developed a deep appreciation and understanding and importance of protecting the natural environment we have left. My home is now at the base of Mt. Warning, surrounded by an abundance of native fauna and where I am able to continue my passion for drawing and printmaking. '.

'My Brilliance'     Barbara Suttie   Murwillumbah
Oil on canvas     50cm x 41cm     $1,000

'The Wollumbin, Mt Warning shield volcano and the encompassing Caldera is the centrepiece of World Heritage National Park. Many people make the pilgrimage to climb this sacred mountain. If left unchecked human impact can be detrimental. Connect with others and let them know how we can continue the joys of the region with least impact to the environment. Remember to stay on the designated marked tracks and to carry all rubbish with you, even if you may think it will decompose or feed wildlife. 'My Brilliance'..your Brilliance a land to be preserved and protected'.

'Our Garden of Eden'     Barbara Suttie   Murwillumbah
Oil on canvas     34cm x70cm     $899

'A golden dawn , a new day unfolds as our future lies within our hands. As individuals and as a community we can strengthen our bond collectively to ensure that we strive towards sustainability and nurturing of our very unique, iconic landscape. Let us make a personal pledge and take responsibility for our actions to ensure the beauty remains for generations to follow'.

'No CSG'     Ross Tamlin     Kyogle
Oil and enamel on canvas     106cm x 83cm     $3,600

'The Caldera region is unique within Australia. A place of spectacular landscapes and extraordinary biodiversity. CSG mining threatens our unique environment. It will destroy the land that attracts so many people to this beautiful part of Australia. I created this painting in support of the Bentley Blockade in which I also participated'.

'Blue Figs'     Bill Veale   Mullumbimby Creek
Acrylic     120cm x 90cm     $1,500

'The forest floor can appear dark and gloomy even a bit spooky but when the sun splits the canopy a startling landscape is revealed. The brilliantly coloured leaves and seeds nestle among the brainy interiors of the blue figs taking their place in the tangle of sticks and decaying litter'.

'East Coast Return'     Scott Whittingham    Goonellabah
Oil on canvas     90cm x 100cm     $950

"'East Coast Return' is inspired by the Lismore area of NSW and viewing the land from a plane. There is a turbulence that is created by the energetic application and removal of paint with a palette knife. The painting is entwined with the idea of the invisible matrix that encapsulates Caldera's history and the aesthetic signifies the fragility and importance of the region. The removal of paint is a metaphor for uncovering truths that lead to degradation and the need for preventative environmental management. Furthermore, our sense of place is a result of self-reflexivity, embodiment, culture and biological attachment to our fragile landscape".

'At Home in Nature'     Kalinda Witchey    Bangalow
Acrylic on canvas     51cm x 41cm     $650

"'On an early winters morning I find myself navigating Emigrant Creek’s rocks and shrubs downstream from Killen Falls. I feel a sense of tranquillity listening to the native bird songs and observing the distant gum trees glow golden with the rising sun. As the morning unfolds a red belly black snake basks in the mottled sunrays beneath the tree roots and tiny invertebrates march across the forest floor.  Every water drop, animal and plant I see, plays a vital role in this delicate eco system".

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